10 OF THE BEST FROM ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN Mar30

10 OF THE BEST FROM ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN...

Arguably the most influential Post Punk band of the eighties: 10 of the best from Liverpool’s Echo and the Bunnymen.

Best albums of 2016 Dec02

Best albums of 2016

Listing time again: some of the best albums of 2016.

Richer Sounds: The TXFM Years Oct25

Richer Sounds: The TXFM Years...

A sad day for those that have followed this pioneering Irish radio station from its early years in the guise of Phantom: Keith McGouran with some words on the demise of TXFM.

Music Memoirs & Biogs Feb09

Music Memoirs & Biogs...

A round-up of some of the best Music memoirs and biogs I read recently.

10th Anniversary: Arctic Monkeys debut album Revisited Feb02

10th Anniversary: Arctic Monkeys debut album Revisited...

Arctic Monkeys classic debut album is 10 years old. We look back on a record that continues to make a big impression on a new generation of music fans.

Festival Preview – Eurosonic Noorderslag 2016 Jan08

Festival Preview – Eurosonic Noorderslag 2016...

Mairéad McGuinness previews the first major European Festival of 2016, Eurosonic Noorderslag.

Best albums of 2015 Dec22

Best albums of 2015

Listing time again: some of the best albums of 2015

Guest Lists: Paul McLoone’s 10 best albums of 2015 Dec21

Guest Lists: Paul McLoone’s 10 best albums of 2015...

Today FM DJ and Undertones frontman Paul McLoone counts down his ten favourite albums of 2015.

Guest Lists: Marissa Nadler’s 5 musical highlights of 2015 Dec20

Guest Lists: Marissa Nadler’s 5 musical highlights of 2015...

Thrilled that one of my favourite singers, Marissa Nadler took the time out to share some of her musical highlights of the last 12 months.

Guest Lists: Pat Barrett’s (Hedge Schools) 10 best albums of 2015 Dec16

Guest Lists: Pat Barrett’s (Hedge Schools) 10 best albums of 2015...

Singer Pat Barrett (Hedge Schools) is a man of consummate music taste, so it seems apt that he brings down the curtain on this year’s Guest List series, having also been involved in making an album that featured in many of our end of year favourites.

Guest Lists: Ben Vendetta’s 10 best albums of 2015 Dec15

Guest Lists: Ben Vendetta’s 10 best albums of 2015...

Acclaimed American author Ben Vendetta shares ten of his favourite records of 2015.

Guest Lists: Brian Brannigan’s (A Lazarus Soul) best gigs of 2015 Dec14

Guest Lists: Brian Brannigan’s (A Lazarus Soul) best gigs of 2015...

Brian Brannigan, singer and lyricist with one of Ireland’s finest bands A Lazarus Soul looks back at some of the best gigs he witnessed in 2015.

Guest Lists: Dan Hegarty’s 10 best albums of 2015 Dec12

Guest Lists: Dan Hegarty’s 10 best albums of 2015...

2nd in our series of guest lists: 2FM DJ and taste maker Dan Hegarty takes us through his 10 best albums of the last 12 months.

Guest Lists: Torsten Kinsella’s 10 Best albums 2015 Dec12

Guest Lists: Torsten Kinsella’s 10 Best albums 2015...

Since forming God Is An Astronaut in 2002, Torsten Kinsella and his brother Niels have been the creative force behind one of Ireland’s most consistently brilliant and innovative bands. They are regarded as one of the most influential outfits in the Post Rock genre, and have a loyal and sizable fan-base across Europe. Their recently released eight album Helios Erebus is another fine addition to an impressive catalogue of recordings, incorporating all the elements that make them special.

In the first of a series of guest contributions reflecting on the best music of 2015, Torsten provides us with his ten favourite albums of the last 12 months.

Guest Lists: Kieran McGuinness (Delorentos) 10 Best albums of 2015 Dec11

Guest Lists: Kieran McGuinness (Delorentos) 10 Best albums of 2015...

Kieran McGuinness of the brilliant Delorentos shares some of his music highlights of the last 12 months.

All Our Lives Spent Underground: Dublin’s finest music venue remembered Nov27

All Our Lives Spent Underground: Dublin’s finest music venue remembered...

Memories of Dublin’s finest music venue, The Underground Bar on Dame Street.

Heartworm – the Novel Nov12

Heartworm – the Novel...

We have three copies of Ben Vendetta’s fantastic second novel ‘Heartworm’ to give away. Ben was in Dublin recently to launch the book at the Garage Bar on what proved to be a wonderful evening.  To be in with a chance of winning a copy of the novel, leave a comment below.  It can be a few thoughts on the album ‘Heartworm’ by Whipping Boy; any recollections or anecdotes relating to the album, abuse or praise, your favourite song from the record, anything you like. The authors of our three favourite comments will receive a signed paperback copy of the book. Closing date is 9pm GMT Monday 16 November 2015. Winners will be notified by email, so make sure you leave a valid email address. More about Ben Vendetta Ben Vendetta has been writing about rock and roll for his entire adult life for a number of publications, including The Big Takeover and Skyscraper. He published Vendetta Magazine from 1995 to 2002 and was the director of publicity at Dionysus Records before co-founding independent record label, Elephant Stone Records, with his wife Arabella Proffer-Vendetta. He’s also a serious Masters Division runner. He has written two novels: Wivenhoe Park (Cooperative Trade, 2013) and Heartworm (Cooperative Trade, Oct. 2015). The Novel ‘Heartworm’ Britpop, booze, cults, and a questionable Chinese restaurant bar? It’s 1995 and small-time music critic Drew has a desire for destruction. While championing an underdog Irish band, Whipping Boy, he embarks on a voyage of sex and drugs from Boston to Belfast while burying memories of his estranged wife – who is now in danger. His life was once saved by rock ‘n’ roll, but it may be too late for redemption in the last days of the music industry before the bubble bursts. Whether dropped by your record label or...

Sounds from a Safe Harbour, 17 – 20 Sept , Cork Aug27

Sounds from a Safe Harbour, 17 – 20 Sept , Cork...

Sounds from a Safe Harbour is a brand new festival of music, art and conversation, curated by Bryce Dessner of The National. Two years since its inception by Bryce and Cork Opera House CEO, Mary Hickson, Sounds from a Safe Harbour will bring a huge international creative cast to Cork this September to celebrate the port city’s place on the world’s stage in a unique setting. Alongside Cork’s spectacular harbour environs, themes of waves, water and movement have been the inspiration for the festival, and will be explored through many new commissions and collaborations specially programmed for Sounds from a Safe Harbour. The festival will activate the City through many art forms including visual arts, conversation, dance, film and music. Collaboration and shared experiences are strong themes in the festival, and audiences are encouraged to immerse themselves and form part of the conversation. ‘Wave Movements’ – a new composition by Bryce Dessner and Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire) – will be the focal point of Sounds from a Safe Harbour. It will be performed at Cork Opera House by the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and accompanied with film by the celebrated Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto. Joining these concerts on a programme that truly traverses the oceans will be Shara Worden’s My Brightest Diamond; celebrated English organist James McVinnie; New York So Percussion and Nadia Sirota; Icelandic producer and composer Valgeir Sigurðsson with Icelandic compatriots Amiina, Ragnar Kjartansson, Kjartan Sveinsson and Skúli Sverrisson; Swedish / Irish fusion outfit This Is How We Fly; Parisian new-wave multi-instrumentalist Mina Tindle; US vocal looper Julianna Barwick; influential record label Bedroom Community; acclaimed artist and poet, Jessica Dessner. There’s a steller Irish contingent performing as part of Sounds from a Safe Harbour, with some of this country’s most creative...

4AD Records – 10 Essential Albums Jul14

4AD Records – 10 Essential Albums

10 of the best albums from one of the most influential independent record labels of the last three decades – 4AD records.

No More Crying On The Stairs – A Love Affair With The Blue Nile Jun12

No More Crying On The Stairs – A Love Affair With The Blue Nile...

Pat Barrett of Hedge Schools writes beautifully about a life long love affair with the music of The Blue Nile.

Alternative Summer: 10 Songs For When The Sun Hits Jun09

Alternative Summer: 10 Songs For When The Sun Hits...

Some summer tunes to soundtrack those rare days when we actually see a bit of sun here in Ireland. Enjoy it while it lasts…

Best of April 2015: Monthly Playlist May06

Best of April 2015: Monthly Playlist...

 From the scorching punk of Canadian trio METZ to the forty minutes of ambient classical beauty that is William Basinski’s  ‘Cascade’, here are some of the best tracks of the past month....

Best of March 2015: Monthly Playlist Apr07

Best of March 2015: Monthly Playlist...

If February belonged to Father John Misty, it was Sufjan Stevens who owned March; his seventh studio album Carrie & Lowell was a devastatingly beautiful retreat to the simple, stripped back folk style songs of his earlier work. Irish pop perfectionists The Would-Bes released their best song since their return after a lengthy hiatus, while fans of electronic/ambient music were well served with very fine albums from Scuba, Inventions and Errors....

Remix, Re-Package, Re-issue  – the Golden Era of the 12″ Single Mar23

Remix, Re-Package, Re-issue – the Golden Era of the 12″ Single...

The fondly remembered 12″ single – some personal favourites from the 80s.

Best of February 2015: Monthly Playlist Mar02

Best of February 2015: Monthly Playlist...

February belonged to Father John Misty – a sell-out show in Dublin and an album that will take some beating for album of the year. Other releases worth checking out include fine efforts from Champs, electronica pioneer Dan Deacon and a sophomore release from The...